Research Apprenticeship Dissertation - SP855

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Spring and Summer 7 60 (30) checkmark-circle


All students undertake a supervised empirical research project in an area of organisational psychology to gain practical experience of research. The module allows students to develop research skills by working closely with expert researchers or practitioners. The research will be conducted as a research apprenticeship, so the student will work on a wider programme or research developed by the supervisor, or on a project specific to an organisation (still with close supervision from an academic supervisor). Some of the apprenticeship will involve working in collaborative teams (e.g. for data collection) but all students will write up the research independently in the form of a dissertation. Most projects will be with academics from the University (School of Psychology, Kent Business School, or related disciplines) but there will be some opportunities for students to work on projects outside the University with external research partners


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

20 hours

Method of assessment

80% Dissertation
20% Coursework. Formed of a research seminar presentation (15%), abstracts from research seminar topics (5%)

Indicative reading

No books are recommended for purchase. You will conduct your own literature search and discuss suitable readings with your supervisor. The following materials are useful references and can be considered in preparation for the module:

American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). Washington: American Psychological Association

British Psychological Society (2009). Code of Ethics and Conduct. Available:

Brewerton, P., & Millward, L. (2001). Organizational Research Methods: A Guide for Students and Researchers. London, UK: Sage Publications Ltd.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1. Understand a range of conceptual, historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the role of psychology in organisations
8.2. Demonstrate specialist knowledge and systematic understanding of the key issues in organisational psychology.
8.3. Understand the major research and analytic techniques and methodologies used by psychologists investigating psychological issues in organisations.
8.4. Understand contextual forces impacting organisations and how they co-exist or interact with psychological factors (e.g. political, environmental, technical, legal, social).
8.5. Develop specialist knowledge, and evaluate critically current research in organisational psychology
8.6. Design a meaningful research study and write up research which links psychological science to organisational issues using APA format
8.7. Conduct organisational psychology research to address business and management issues
8.8. Apply ethical values to research and practice related to organisational psychology
8.9. Understand how to apply psychological research to management and business contexts

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1. Critically reflect on key themes with oral discussion and written analysis
9.2. Creatively evaluate and generalise appropriately
9.3. Select and synthesise complex materials, through organising, developing, and evaluating relevance
9.4. Systematically approach problem solving, individually and as part of a group, also using appropriate information technology
9.5. Plan work and study independently, through personal development and time management
9.6. Communicate persuasively, through written assessment and oral discussions
9.7. Cooperate within a team, and recognise the contribution of self and others
9.8. Conduct appropriate data analysis and to understand the statistical analysis conducted by others, and its limits


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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